Bulgur Pilaf

September 9, 2012 · 14 comments

in quick and easy,rice and grains

I’ve been making this side dish about once per week for, oh, 5 or 6 years now, so I decided I should probably share it with  you.

I love bulgur and would venture to say it may be my favorite grain for many reasons. It has a slightly nutty flavor, and though it’s similar in size to couscous, has a little more chew and bite. It’s a whole grain that’s incredibly healthy, and takes a mere 15 minutes to make. A cup of cooked bulgur has about 60 fewer calories than brown rice but double the fiber (8g) and a little more protein, too (6g). And, quite honestly, it goes with…pretty much everything.

This is the most simple way I make it, which is just with a little onion and garlic, cooked in chicken broth, and topped with toasted almonds. The reason we have it so frequently (besides how quick it is) is that it’s both incredibly versatile and tasty.

Bulgur is also a great option for making one-dish meals or grain salads, too.



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Joanne September 10, 2012 at 5:41 am

I sometimes forget how much I love bulgur…until I buy a bag and then go crazy using it non-stop for weeks on end. It’s so great! I love how simple this pilaf is. The perfect, versatile side.


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 10, 2012 at 5:50 am

So fun! I have only made a pilaf with rice before, but am excited to try this version!


Salvina September 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I love bulgur- i have some in my pantry and will definitely make this later (but with pine nuts…i don’t have almonds!) thanks for posting.


elly September 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I love it with pine nuts, too! I’m just usually to cheap to use them since we eat this pretty often. :)


Salvina September 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I buy them in bulk, so I only get what I need. Trader Joe’s has them for a reasonable price too!
btw- it came out really good!


Bridget September 11, 2012 at 9:16 am

Bulgur is one grain I haven’t gotten into much yet, and there’s no good reason for that! You’ve sold me; I need to start using it more often.


bellini September 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

I always use bulgur for taboulleh but have never tried its as a side, thanks for the inspiration.


Ann P. September 12, 2012 at 2:15 am

I love bulgur, especially in tabbouleh! Such a healthier option than brown rice, and much prettier too!


Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul September 12, 2012 at 11:03 pm

You know I’ve never really cooked with bulgur (although I have eaten it a lot). Love the simplicity of this Elly!


Deanna September 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I’ve been wanting to try bulgur for quite some time but haven’t been able to find it at my grocery store. Finally came across it at an ethnic food store and planning on trying this recipe tomorrow!


Kacey January 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm

I made this last week and it was awesome! I put an over easy egg over the leftovers and OH GOSH it put it over the top! I definitely recommend.


elly January 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Glad you liked it!


Hans Kemmler May 7, 2014 at 5:48 am

Nice touch! This made three good servings, and we enjoyed the toasted almond-parsley combination. A nice and simple, easy to make side dish!


elly May 7, 2014 at 8:06 am

Glad you liked it, Hans!


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